Special Education in the Classroom
The Special Education Division of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides leadership to ensure a high-quality education for Minnesota's children and youth with disabilities. Its specialists offer guidance, training and share best practices in a variety of areas including technology, behavioral interventions, equity and related services, as well as the categorical disabilities defined in law and rule.

Assistive Technology
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) supports a variety of Assistive Technology (AT) initiatives designed to help ensure students with disabilities have access to appropriate assistive technology and receive a free, appropriate public education. These initiatives include professional development, information dissemination and technical assistance. View the Minnesota Assistive Technology Manual.  Sign up for the AT listserv.

Educators must consider assistive technology for all children with an Individualize Education Program  and provide assistive technology for students who require it. Assistive technology can be as simple as a pencil grip or as complex as a voice-activated computer.

In addition, MDE has developed a series of DVDs on AT topics, including Administrative Supports for AT, The SETT Framework for Consideration of AT, Universal Design for Learning and Organizational Tools, and Tools for Reading, Writing and Math. Contact Kursten Dubbels at 651-582-8562 for more information on AT.

Related Services
Related Services are defined in IDEA as "transportion and such developmental, corrective and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education." Contact Mary Hunt at 651-582-8676 or view a list of related services resources.
  • Special Education Webinars 2014-2015 - 9/29/14
    Special education leaders in Minnesota, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Indiana and Texas have collaborated to share professional development in the areas of assistive technology, Universal Design for Learning and accessibility. There are over 30 webinars available through this multi-state collaborative. This document lists the webinars and information on how to register for each one. There is no cost for participation in any webinar. For more information, contact Joan Breslin Larson at 651-582-1599 .
  • Special Education Division Foundation Statements - 1/23/14  pdf iconPDF 
    Mission, vision, guiding principles and values